DD-730 General Specifications
Class: Allen M. Sumner class destroyer
Named for: John A. Collett
Complement: 336 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 2200 tons
Length: 376 feet 6 inches
Beam: 40 feet
Flank Speed: 34 knots
Range: 6500 Nautical Miles
Final Disposition:To Argentina 4 June 1974Sunk in naval exercise 1988
USS COLLETT (DD-730)
Collett (DD-730) was launched 5 March 1944 by Bath Iron Works Corp. Bath
Maine; sponsored by Mrs. C. C. Baughman as proxy for Mrs. J. D. Collett
and commissioned 16 May 1944
Commander J. D. Collett in command.
Assigned to the Pacific Fleet
Collett reached Pearl Harbor 16 October 1944 and Ulithi 3 November. From this base
she screened the mighty carrier task force variously designated TF 38 and TF 58 for the remainder of the war. She first saw action in the air raids on Luzon and Formosa
which accompanied the advance of ground forces on Leyte
and prepared for the invasion At Lingayen from November 1944 into January 1945. In January the carriers she screened continued to launch air attacks on Formosa
the China coast
and the Nansei Shoto
and on 16 and 17 February sailed daringly close to the Japanese coast to strike targets on Honshu before giving air cover to the invasion of Iwo Jima from 20 to 22 February.
Collett returned to Empire waters with the carrier task force to screen during air raids on Honshu 25 February 1945
joined in the bombardment of Okino Daito Shima 2 March
and returned to screening during the air strikes on Kyushu and southern Honshu of 18 to 20 March. From 23 March to 24 April
the force concentrated its strikes on Okinawa
invaded on 1 April. On 18 April Collett joined with four other destroyers and carrier aircraft to sink Japanese submarine I-56 in 26° 42' N.
130° 38' E.
After replenishing at Ulithi
Collett rejoined TF 58 11 May 1945 for its final month of air strikes supporting the Okinawa operation
and from 10 July to 15 August sailed with the carriers as they flew their final series of heavy air attacks on the Japanese home islands. With her squadron
she swept through the Sagami Nada on 22 and 23 July
aiding in the sinking of several Japanese merchantmen. After patrol duty off Japan
and guarding the carriers as they flew air cover for the landing of occupation troops
Collett entered Tokyo Bay 14 September 1945
and 4 days later sailed for a west coast overhaul.
Remaining on active duty with the Pacific Fleet from World War II into 1960
Collett alternated local operations and cruises along the west coast with tours of duty in the Far East
the first of which came in 1946-47. She was in the Far East upon the outbreak of the Korean war in June 1950
and after patrolling off Pusan from her base at Sasebo
and escorting cargo ships laden with military supplies to Korea
she sailed up the difficult channel to Inchon on 13 September to begin the preinvasion bombardment. She carried out her mission although hit four times by counter fire which wounded five of her men
and on the 16th
returned with the invasion force
to whom she provided gunfire support once the landings had been made
as well as protective cover at sea. Her outstanding accomplishment in the invasion of Inchon was recognized with the awarding of the Navy Unit Commendation. After taking part in the Wonsan landings on 26 October
she returned to San Diego 18 November 1950.
Her second tour of duty in the Korean war
from 18 June 1951 to 17 February 1962
found her screening TF 77 as it conducted air strikes on the Korean east coast
training with an antisubmarine group off Okinawa patrolling in the Taiwan Straits
and conducting shore bombardments along the coast of Korea. Similar duty
aside from bombardment
was her assignment during her third tour
from 29 August 1952 to 9 April 1953.
From the close of the Korean war
Collett served in the Far East in 1953 54
and 1959. Early in 1960 she began an extensive modernization
which continued until July 1960. On 19 July 1960
Collett collided with Ammen (DD-627) off Long Beach
killing 11 and injuring 20
all members of Ammen's crew. Despite a badly "mashed bow"
Collett made port under her own power
entering the Long Beach Naval Shipyard for extensive repairs. Her bow was removed and replaced with that of Seaman (DD-791) an uncompleted destroyer in the Reserve Fleet.
On 6 November 1960
Collett departed Long Beach for coastal operations
which continued intermittently for the remainder of the year.
Collett received six battle stars for World War II service
and in addition to the Navy Unit Commendation
six battle stars for the Korean war.
[Note: The above USS COLLETT (DD-730) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS COLLETT (DD-730) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]